Jeremiah 4:18
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"Your own conduct and actions have brought this on you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!"

New Living Translation
"Your own actions have brought this upon you. This punishment is bitter, piercing you to the heart!"

English Standard Version
Your ways and your deeds have brought this upon you. This is your doom, and it is bitter; it has reached your very heart.”

New American Standard Bible
"Your ways and your deeds Have brought these things to you. This is your evil. How bitter! How it has touched your heart!"

King James Bible
Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your way of life and your actions have brought this on you. This is your punishment. It is very bitter, because it has reached your heart!

International Standard Version
"Your lifestyles and your actions have brought these things on you. This is your calamity—it is indeed bitter, for it has reached your heart!"

NET Bible
"The way you have lived and the things you have done will bring this on you. This is the punishment you deserve, and it will be painful indeed. The pain will be so bad it will pierce your heart."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"You brought this on yourself. This is your punishment. It is bitter. It breaks your heart."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness because it is bitter, because it reaches unto thine heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Your way and your doings have procured these things unto you; this is your wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reaches unto your heart.

American King James Version
Your way and your doings have procured these things to you; this is your wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reaches to your heart.

American Standard Version
Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness; for it is bitter, for it reacheth unto thy heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy ways, and thy devices have brought these things upon thee: this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it hath touched thy heart.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy way and thy doings have procured these [things] unto thee; this is thy wickedness, yea, it is bitter, yea, it reacheth unto thy heart.

English Revised Version
Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness; for it is bitter, for it reacheth unto thine heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy way and thy doings have procured these things to thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth to thy heart.

World English Bible
"Your way and your doings have brought these things to you. This is your wickedness; for it is bitter, for it reaches to your heart."

Young's Literal Translation
Thy way and thy doings have done these to thee, This is thy vexation, for it is bitter, For it hath struck unto thy heart.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:5-18 The fierce conqueror of the neighbouring nations was to make Judah desolate. The prophet was afflicted to see the people lulled into security by false prophets. The approach of the enemy is described. Some attention was paid in Jerusalem to outward reformation; but it was necessary that their hearts should be washed, in the exercise of true repentance and faith, from the love and pollution of sin. When lesser calamities do not rouse sinners and reform nations, sentence will be given against them. The Lord's voice declares that misery is approaching, especially against wicked professors of the gospel; when it overtakes them, it will be plainly seen that the fruit of wickedness is bitter, and the end is fatal.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - This is thy wickedness; i.e. the effect of thy wickedness. (For the following words, comp. Jeremiah 2:19; Jeremiah 4:10.) Because; rather, truly.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee,.... The way in which they walked, which was an evil one; and the actions which they committed; their idolatries, backslidings, and rebellions, before spoken of in this and the preceding chapter, were the cause of this siege, and those calamities coming upon them; they had none to blame but themselves; it was their own sinful ways and works which brought this ruin and destruction on them:

this is thy wickedness; the fruit of thy wickedness; or, "this thy calamity"; that is, is owing to these things; so the word is rendered in Psalm 141:5,

because it is bitter; not sin, as in Jeremiah 2:19, but the punishment of it; the calamity before mentioned; which was hard and heavy, and grievous to be borne, and yet very just; it was by way of retaliation; "they had bitterly provoked the Lord", as the word may be rendered in the preceding verse; and now he sends them a bitter calamity, and a heavy judgment:

because it reacheth unto thine heart; into the midst of them, and utterly destroyed them. The two last clauses may be rendered, "though it is bitter, though it reacheth unto thine heart" (d); though it is such a sore distress, and such an utter destruction, yet it was to be ascribed to nothing else but their own sins and transgressions.

(d) "quamvis amarum sit, quamvis pertigerit", Calvin.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. (Jer 2:17, 19; Ps 107:17).

this is thy wickedness—that is, the fruit of thy wickedness.

Jeremiah 4:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Disaster from the North
17'Like watchmen of a field they are against her round about, Because she has rebelled against Me,' declares the LORD. 18"Your ways and your deeds Have brought these things to you. This is your evil. How bitter! How it has touched your heart!"
Cross References
Psalm 107:17
Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.

Isaiah 50:1
This is what the LORD says: "Where is your mother's certificate of divorce with which I sent her away? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? Because of your sins you were sold; because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.

Jeremiah 2:17
Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the LORD your God when he led you in the way?

Jeremiah 2:19
Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

Jeremiah 5:25
Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.

Ezekiel 39:24
I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them.

Hosea 7:2
but they do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them; they are always before me.
Treasury of Scripture

Your way and your doings have procured these things to you; this is your wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reaches to your heart.

Thy way.

Jeremiah 2:17,19 Have you not procured this to yourself, in that you have forsaken …

Jeremiah 5:19 And it shall come to pass, when you shall say, Why does the LORD …

Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil on this people, even the …

Jeremiah 26:19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? …

Job 20:5-16 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Psalm 107:17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, …

Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled …

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be …

Isaiah 50:1 Thus said the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom …

it reacheth.

Jeremiah 4:10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely you have greatly deceived this …

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